ARTIST: Susanna Hoffs
TITLE: When You’re A Boy
YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: #83
SINGLES: My Side of the Bed (#30 US, #44 UK), Unconditional Love (#65 UK), Only Love
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I hope not.
LINEUP: Susanna Hoffs and a bunch of studio hotshots like Jim Keltner, Benmont Tench, Randy Jackson and…John Entwistle??? Donovan???
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Bangles lead singer continues down the pathway of eternal flame into the pit of despair. Figuratively, not literally.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Susanna Hoffs had one bomb to her name (that…movie…what was it??? Oh, the Allnighter. Don’t watch it, ever). After the Bangles broke up, she released this. Bomb number two.
Eternal Flame was really, really bad, as you know. Roll your eyes, bad. Many of the songs here are better than that, but barely. And they’re not redeemed at all by the production, which is very 80’s and not reminiscent at all of what the Bangles were good at in their heyday. The one thing I can say about it is that it’s very professional. Too professional, really. Slick as black ice.
She covered Bowie’s Boys Keep Swinging. Yeah….no. This one was bad enough to derail her career on every level (both as a solo artist and an actress).
NOTES & MINUTAE: In 1993, she married movie director Jay Roach, and then joked around in a faux 1960’s British band with Mike Myers and Matthew Sweet called Ming Tea. That’s where Myers first developed the Austin Powers character, and Roach directed the movies.
Also, one of my favorite Robbie Fulks songs is about her -That Bangle Girl.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Thankfully, no. Twelve songs of this is enough.
GRADE: D : Well produced hackery is still hackery.